Nick Paton Walsh is an Emmy Award-winning senior international correspondent for CNN International, based in London. He focuses on stories from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan and the surrounding region.
His work in Syria and Iraq has been recognized with multiple awards including the 2018 David Kaplan Award from the Overseas Press Club for his reporting on the fall of ISIS, two Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2013 and three Peabody Awards for CNN's coverage in Syria in 2012, for its ISIS reporting in 2016 and for the network's coverage of the fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria in 2018. Additionally, his script-writing in Syria and Afghanistan won an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Writing.
Since joining CNN in 2011, he has reported from Afghanistan at length on the close of NATO's campaign there. He has covered the Syrian war from inside the country, and at its borders, also cataloging the rise of al-Qaeda backed militants in the north. Formerly based for the network in Beirut, he has also followed the rise and fall of ISIS, from the first moments they moved into Syria in 2013, to their spread in Libya and Afghanistan. He also reported on their fall in Mosul over three years later, and final collapse in Raqqa in late 2017.
Fluent in Russian, he has also covered the Russian-backed invasion of Ukraine, the expansion of the fighting into Donetsk, and the tumult that followed. Paton Walsh also reported from Dagestan in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston bombings, interviewing the family of the Tsarnaev brothers and establishing some of the first links to militants there. He has reported on natural disasters in the Caribbean and Philippines, and even undercover from the food-shortages of Venezuela in 2017.
Paton Walsh first reported for CNN from Pakistan in March 2011. He was subsequently the network's first correspondent reporting live from Abbotabad covering the death of Osama Bin Laden, where he obtained exclusive video from inside the al-Qaeda leader's compound and broke the story that a courier's cellphone signal had led American troops there.
Previously he spent several years working in Asia for the UK's Channel Four News, focusing on Afghanistan where he gained rare access to a tiny and isolated American outpost near the Pakistani border - COP Keating - which was overrun by insurgents, and covered the 2009 presidential election crisis.
While Asia and foreign affairs correspondent at Channel Four News he secured a rare and exclusive interview with the Russian alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, while his teams' reports on alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka at the end of the civil war led to their forced deportation from the country.
From 2002 to 2006, Paton Walsh was the Moscow Correspondent for the Guardian newspaper during the rise of Vladimir Putin. He reported on both the Dubrovka theatre siege and the Beslan school hostage crisis, alongside the revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan and developments from the troubled North Caucasus.
Paton Walsh won the British Press Awards' Young Journalist of the Year in 2000. He won Amnesty International's Gaby Rado Award for a reporter at the start of their career in 2006 for his work in the former Soviet Union, and their television award for his work in Sri Lanka in 2010.